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New Home Buying Checklist

Most Americans dream of owning a home. In addition to the pride and sense of accomplishment that comes with home ownership, homeowners pay less tax and save money over renting. Home prices tend to rise over time, making home purchase one of the best investments you can make. Despite the numerous benefits of homeownership, many people still worry about the home buying process. This makes sense when you consider the fact that buying a home is one of the largest purchases you can make. It’s important to learn all you can about the home buying process before taking this important step. 
  • Clean Up Your Credit
If you haven’t already, now is the time to check your credit score. This is the number that mortgage lenders look at when determining your rate. A higher score means a lower mortgage rate. Although it isn’t necessary, it’s a good idea to resolve any issues on your credit report before shopping for a home.
  • Determine How Much Home You Can Afford
Figuring out your budget before shopping for a home can save you a lot of heartache later. In order to determine your budget you need to compare the amount of money your household makes each month after taxes to your average monthly expenses and debt. Keep in mind that the more money you put down on your new home, the smaller your mortgage payment will be.
  • Search for a Mortgage Lender
The mortgage process is often one of the most stressful parts of buying a new home. It’s not uncommon for prospective buyers to spend months on end trying to find the right lender. After locating a mortgage lender, prospective buyers need to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Fortunately, there is a way to streamline the process. Most home builders have their own mortgage company, allowing you to keep everything in one place. This makes financing easy and home builders often offer incentives to buyers that finance with them.   
  • Determine Your Needs
Everyone has different needs when it comes to buying a home. While some people focus on the kitchen and amenities, it’s important to distinguish what’s really important. Consider making a list of both your wants and needs. This can help you determine which elements are negotiable.  
  • Research Local Neighborhoods
Location makes a big difference when buying a home. Before viewing any homes, make sure you research the area and the school districts. Even if you don’t plan on having children, homes located close to good schools tend to have a higher resale value. In addition to good schools, make sure you research the local shopping centers, restaurants, grocery stores, and entertainment. 
  • Start Touring Homes
Once you’ve determined the type of home you’d like to purchase, it’s time to start visiting them in-person. Although your real estate agent will help you through much of the process, it’s important to have some questions prepared before touring any homes. You’ll want to gather as much information about the home as possible including the year it was built, materials used, previous owners (if any), and renovations.  New Homes in Frederick County Located close to sought-after schools, shopping, dining, arts, entertainment, and recreation, Landsdale offers a wide range of home styles from five of the area’s most talented and experienced builders. Please contact us to schedule a tour and learn about our builder’s financing options. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Thinking of Switching to a Different School District? Now is the Time to Buy!

Prospective buyers have many things to consider when buying a home. While it’s important to think about home size and amenities, nothing matters quite as much as location. After all, the location of your home has a profound impact on the way you live. For homebuyers with school-aged children, it’s important to research local school districts before purchasing a home. Even homebuyers that don’t have any children can benefit from considering this important, but often overlooked, factor.  The quality of the school district can have a significant impact on both home value and neighborhood. Good School District = Good Neighborhood Typically, a good school district equals a good neighborhood. Housing communities located close to good school districts usually have easy access to transportation, eateries, and entertainment. Homes in good school districts also tend to have higher home values and hold their value even in tough economic times. Evaluating a School District Multiple factors go into determining the quality of a school district. These factors include the age of the schools, condition of their facilities, student-to-teacher ratios, and standardized test scores. Fortunately, prospective buyers can find this information as well as school ratings by doing a quick search on the Internet. Homebuyers Need to Act Fast Families considering buying a home need to act fast if they want their children to start at their new school this fall. The home buying process takes time, and buyers will face stiff competition the longer they wait. It’s important that homebuyers begin the home buying process now. Many people mistakenly believe they have to settle for a smaller or older home in order to get their kids into a good school district. While it’s true that many excellent school districts have established neighborhoods, homebuyers can often find newer, more spacious homes close to good schools. Homebuyers with school-aged children could benefit from purchasing a new home in a planned community. In addition to fantastic location, these communities offer homes planned and built for families and access to state-of-the-art amenities. Frederick’s Fastest Selling New Home Community Located close to award-winning Frederick County schools, Landsdale has move-in ready homes available for immediate purchase. Homeowners can also choose to have a new home built based on their unique requirements and specifications. At Landsdale, we know that you have plans and we are ready to help you reach your goal. We know you want to feel safe, as do our builders and our sales reps. In order to help you keep up with your plans to buy or build a new home, we’re offering both virtual and in-person meetings by appointment.   Our builders are open and ready to help you build the home of your dreams in the timeframe you need! Acting now is the only way to ensure your kids will begin the 2020-2021 school year at their new school. Please contact us for information about our in-person and virtual appointments.
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Take a New Video Tour of Landsdale – Then Come for an In-Person Tour

Let’s make your 2020 New Year’s resolution more profound like taking a look at life from an entirely different point of view.  Landsdale in Urbana, MD is a new community that will give you a remarkable new vantage point.

Our brief new video gives you a bird’s-eye view of how different life at Landsdale is from typical suburban communities.

 

 

You’ll see how living away from the hustle and bustle, yet still being surrounded by daily conveniences, commuting options, entertainment and nature can dramatically change your point of view. You’ll get a clear picture of a more balanced, relaxed life, framed by Sugarloaf Mountain on the horizon. Landsdale is just a few minutes’ drive from shopping and dining in Urbana, as well as the historic streets, shops and nationally-recognized restaurants in Downtown Frederick. Being just minutes from the I-270 Biotech Corridor, and only 10 miles from MARC Rail for commutes to downtown DC or Baltimore, you’ll get a refreshing perspective on a clever idea called free time!

Landsdale offers a wide range of home designs from five of the area’s top-rated builders. Whether you’re looking for an executive townhome, a traditional single-family home, a Modern Farmhouse design, or easy, one-level living, you’ll find it here. You’ll also see how close all of Landsdale’s amenities are from your new front door. The pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, community amphitheater and trail network are all just a short stroll away.

After watching this new video, come see Landsdale in person. Tour the model homes and community amenities, and chat with current residents along tree-lined streets. They’ll tell you how good life looks when you open your eyes every morning in Landsdale.

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Frederick County New Home Community, Landsdale, Featured In The Washington Post

Oct. 22, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. EDT

In Frederick County, Md., about 40 miles northwest of the District, the aura is rural. On a recent sunny Monday afternoon, cows grazed in golden fields on farms framed by wooden fences in the shadow of the Catoctin Mountains.

That’s where 30 modern-farmhouse-style single-family residences are rising, part of the roughly 400-acre Landsdale community in Monrovia. Landsdale should have about 800 single-family detached houses and about 300 townhouses when fully developed.

Nancy and Robert Rivas and their children moved there in early October. “We looked for a rancher where we could retire in five years. When we saw the model, we looked at each other and thought we can look forward to the future,” Nancy Rivas said.

Jean and Christopher Mays are watching their house go up now and anticipate moving in next summer. They’ve lived in Gaithersburg, Md., for decades. “We’re really drawn to being in the country,” Jean Mays said.

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Fall Fun in Frederick County

  If you’re coming to visit Landsdale to see all the community has to offer, why not make a day of it? There is always something to do in vibrant Fredrick County, especially during the fall. The coming weeks are packed with festivals and mazes, from spooky to family-friendly. We’ve rounded up three recommendations to make the most of your time in Frederick. Garver Farm Fall Fun Festival Garver Farm is a favorite family-friendly destination just a quick 10 minute drive from Landsdale. With attractions throughout the fall and winter each year, including pick your own pumpkins, apples, sunflowers and Christmas trees. The Fall Fun Festival is now open and features over 50 attractions for all ages! Wander through a corn maze, take a hayride to pick your own pumpkin or apples, bounce on jumping pillows, take a spin in a pedal cart, and visit with the farm animals. Plus, stop by the farm market for seasonal produce, jams and honey, home décor, and apparel. The Fall Fun Festival is open through November 3. https://gaverfarm.com/fall/fall-fun-festival/ Winterbrook Farms Winterbrook Farms is home to Maryland’s largest corn maze, which debuts a new theme and design each year. The theme for 2019 is “Drink Milk!” dedicated to the country’s dairy farmers. Race through a total of four corn mazes with over 15 acres of corn and see who can find all 18 checkpoints first! The farm also has over 20 other activities such as mountain slides, pick your own pumpkin patch, apple cannons, mini ziplines, farm animals, and bale rollers. https://winterbrookfarmsmd.com/ The Haunts at Screamland Farms If you like tricks more than treats and a Hayride of Horrors sounds like a scary good time to you, then The Haunts at Screamland Farms is your destination for a bone-chilling time. Test your limits with two nightmarish haunt attractions. If you’ve had enough screams for one night, take an adrenaline break with an escape room or Zombie Paintball. Screamland Farms is open through November 2. http://www.screamlandfarms.com/  
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Family Friendly Summer Events in Frederick

Summer is in full swing and at Landsdale and you’re sure to find something to do! From family night to date night, happy hour to wine down hour, our Frederick County Maryland location puts you in the center of it all. Have you been to Summerfest Family Theater at the Bakers Park Bandshell? Mark your calendar for August 1stat 10am and catch Here Comes Trouble who performs irresistibly catchy songs that kids love and parent’s end up loving too! They are trained conservatory musicians that firmly believe that music shouldn’t be watered down for little ears. Here Comes Trouble’s songs are an eclectic mix of pop, jazz and hip-hop, sprinkled with traces of rockabilly, samba and punk. August 2-11 you can laugh along to Young Frankenstein at the Other Voices Theatre. The hilarious musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ funny 1974 film where the Grandson of Victor Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania and with the help of a hunchbacked sidekick and leggy lab assistant, he brings a creature to life to rival his grandfathers. Rated PG-13. Not just for summer, Movie Nights On The Creek are a crowd pleaser! Pull up a lawn chair and get ready for movie nights on the creek each third Friday, through October. Movies are shown in Carroll Creek Amphitheater. The line up is perfect! A Landsdale tip: get there early to claim your spot. Admission is free and food & drinks are available for purchase. Gates open an hour before dusk! Great movie quote for the win: “I wanted to take a boat to the mainland with a couple of witnesses, and you insisted on this sodding circus so you could play happy families!” Mamma Mia! is open through August 24th at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre and it’s sure to make you smile and perhaps sing along. Reservations are required and if it’s anything like opening night; you’re sure to love this suggestion so go, go, go! One of the things we love most about Frederick County is that it’s an area that wants nothing more than to provide a work, live, play lifestyle. Want to know where to always be in the know? Look no further than https://www.visitfrederick.org/events/
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Demographic Data Doesn’t Lie. Frederick County, Maryland Is the Place to Be.

As America approaches its next census in 2020, conversations in national media and local diners seem to be turning to how we live now compared to 20, 30, 40, 50 or just 10 years ago. Within the past decade, the daily acceleration of communication trends and technological advancement have changed the landscape, so to speak, of how Americans craft their daily lives and careers. In the 1980s, the age of the “Yuppie,” big cities were the ideal destination for where to work and live. But today, the Internet has leveled the playing/working field, and more people are returning to the small cities and towns that framed the childhoods of their parents and grandparents. And, the economic and demographic statistics show that “downsized” is the new upscale. Case in point:  Frederick County, Maryland. Its rolling hills, historic sites and friendly atmosphere are just 40 or so miles from Baltimore and DC. Philadelphia, Richmond and even New York City are within a few hours’ drive or train trip. Boston, Chicago, Charlotte and Atlanta are within two hours between boarding pass and baggage claim from easily accessible airports. Frederick County offers a small town feeling, but it’s hardly “small time.” The county’s population in 2019 stands at about 250,000, up by five percent from just 10 years ago. That influx of people has been driven by the expanding mix of high-paying industries here, like bioscience and medical research, communication and IT, financial services, education, mining and large-production agriculture. Median annual household income is nearly $85,000, above the average in historically prosperous states like California and New York. Diversity is on the rise in Frederick County, too, with the population of highly-educated immigrants increasing by nearly 10 percent in the past decade. Multiculturalism and multiple opportunities are making their home here in northern Maryland, continuing to weave the beautiful tapestry of modern America in a geographic landscape that has always been an inviting natural backdrop. It’s no wonder, then, that new home communities like Landsdale are so popular. Developed by Elm Street Communities and featuring affordably-priced single family homes and townhomes from Lennar, NVHomes, Ryan, Winchester and Wormald, Landsdale is a snapshot of Frederick County’s fulfilling modern lifestyle. A 6,000 square foot, Craftsman styled Clubhouse greets visitors and residents with its Olympic sized swimming pool, tennis courts and entertaining rooms served by a restaurant-grade catering kitchen. Biking and hiking trails lace through Landsdale’s neighborhoods, with stops at pocket parks that dot the community. An outdoor amphitheater hosts family movie nights and live performances. A Frederick County elementary school will soon be built in the community so that kids can walk or bike to school. Landsdale is a picture of the best that 21stcentury America offers, which explains why so many people are choosing to build their homes, and their lives, in this Frederick County, MD enclave. To learn more about Landsdale, visit LandsdaleFrederick.com, and for more facts about Frederick County’s lifestyle, opportunities and rapidly accelerating demographics, go to DiscoverFrederickMD.com.
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Landsdale, Frederick County’s New Home Community, Was Made For Summer

Landsdale was made for Frederick County’s summer days and we’re excited the season is upon us. From a long list of amenities, to summer camps, family vacations or lazy days, the choice is yours. Within Landsdale, you can cozy up with a book or throw a party in our 6,000 square foot Craftsman-style clubhouse overlooking the community. Swim team or Marco Polo? Take a dip in the 8-lane Olympic-size pool or splash around in the zero-entry leisure pool. Couples tennis, or a quick game of 1:1, the tennis courts are ready for your 40/Love.

Nothing makes us smile more than hearing the sound of laughter and giggles. And that you’ll hear as you head towards the playgrounds and tot lots. You’re also sure to see some familiar faces on the walking and biking trails or as you and your friends head to the open amphitheater to listen to your neighbor play a bit on their acoustic guitar.

Landsdale is truly life with a view. The community has been thoughtfully designed to inspire more relaxation, togetherness and fun in your daily life. From sunrise to sunset, be it from your back deck or on your evening stroll, our neighborhood is meant to provide a home base that isn’t just seen on the sports courts. It’s where your heart is because Landsdale is home.

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Landsdale: Top Rated Fredrick County Schools

  We can’t believe the school year is starting to push into summer break!  If only the weather would stay consistent. As it relates to summer, Landsdaleis surrounded by loads of camp options and local to-do’s. However, it also means that soon enough we’ll be staring down the start of a new school year – time flies when you’re having fun! NOW is the time to consider where you want to be when school kicks off and the Frederick County school district is certainly one to consider. Frederick County Public School is a successful school system in a diverse and growing community. Frederick County bridges rural, suburban, and urban lifestyles near both the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan communities. Our residents can quickly confirm they balance top-rate academics with the personal caring and individual attention you would expect in a small town community. According to FCPS fast facts, the following is some things to consider:
  • Maryland has ranked among America's top states for top-quality public education from 2009-2018 [Education Week's Quality Countsreports].
  • While Maryland continues to lead the nation in Advanced Placement (AP) achievement, FCPS students' 3.27 mean AP exam score surpassed Maryland's 3.03 and the global 2.84. The percentage of students with AP scores 3 or better (on a 5-point scale, where 3 typically qualifies for college credit) was 73.6% at FCPS (with 4,522 exams), 64.7% statewide and 60.3% globally.
  • FCPS achievement also exceeds Maryland averages with scores that consistently surpass national averages on the College Board SAT. Our mean 2018 SAT score was 1,149, compared to Maryland's 1,066 and the nation's 1,049.
  • 99% of more than 1,000 employers surveyed indicated that FCPS students met or exceeded workplace readiness standards.
We believe Landsdalesets your kids up for success as it relates to a local community of year round events, sports, academics and perhaps the most exceptional quality of Landsdale is the incredible natural beauty surrounding it, making you feel that no matter what you’re doing, you’re living somewhere very special indeed. Click here to learn more: https://landsdalefrederick.com/contact/
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Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

  Recently the Washington Post sat down with a Winchester homebuyer at Landsdale. “We were tired of the hustle and bustle of Montgomery County, and living in a townhouse,” said Craig, 70, who used to work for the U.S. Department of Defense. “Roberta had an itch to scratch — she wanted a new single-family home, so we sized up and moved to Frederick County.” Life truly happens at Landsdale, where you will find a comfortable, connected and caring community with sweeping views of Sugarloaf Mountain yet accessible to your everyday needs and wants - from errands to commuting. Retirees Roberta and Craig Capen spent more than four decades living in Montgomery Village before buying in the Landsdale community in Monrovia, Md. The Capens purchased the Williamsport floor plan — one of seven single-family floor plans offered by Winchester Homes — for about $625,000. They chose to build a four-foot addition on one side and a porch at the front — both are optional — and to upgrade some of the finishes. We are thrilled the excitement for the community was shared in the Washington Post and that The Capens found their natural escape in Landsdale.
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